“Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” – Steve Jobs
Despite controversy, Steve Jobs was a legend. And without question, he was a living example of what happens when you don’t get trapped by dogma. Contrary to corporate America requirements, he was CEO of a Fortune 100 company even though he only completed one semester of college. Instead, he went to India to find his guru.
His freedom of thinking was constantly illustrated throughout his career. Our lives will forever be influenced by his innovative ideas.
At the same time, do not confuse Mr. Jobs’ quote withbeing a rebel. When you do the opposite of what you have been told, you have engaged in a form of inverse dogma. Rebellion as a way to deal with that which you do not like is dogmatic. Furthermore, when you do the opposite, you still have no freedom. Why? Because your choice is still dictated by the person against whom you are rebelling. Your choice is still predicated on someone else. They have influenced you for or against. And it is still a trap.
When you can hear what people say to you and make a choice that considers their opinions, you have freedom. Choice is a matter saying what you want because you say so.
It’s your life. It will always be a result of your choice. What will you make of your life today?